What a wonderful way of infusing lemon scent in a simple shortbread recipe that uses just five ingredients! This Lemon Sugar Shortbread recipe is so much better than the store bought shortbread because it has a softer almost velvety texture that will just crumble in your mouth. The lemon scented sugar beautifully blends with other ingredients and baked until tender. The result will remind you of the good old fancy style dessert. This recipe is unique because it is no regular shortbread recipe. There is a good reason why the recipe calls for lemon zest instead of lemon juice. That’s because the lemon zest is a lot stronger than the juice and will produce excellent lemon flavor. Use a zester to achieve a finely chopped lemon zest or the small side of a grater and then chop it up, so you have little pieces of zest. Make sure to leave out the white part while grating the zest since its bitter. You can make these bite-sized beauties for tea time or brunch, picnics, potluck, or also eat a piece or two with your morning coffee as well.
Shortbread first originated in Scotland. The story of shortbread dates back to the medieval period. Back in the day, any leftover dough from bread making was dried out in an oven until it hardened into a type of rusk. However, with time the yeast in the bread was replaced by butter, and that’s how shortbread was born. Though shortbread doesn’t need frosting or extra toppings, you could make them look even more delectable by drizzling lemon glaze on top or even spread a layer of melted white chocolate if you wish. You could also spread a layer of white chocolate with marshmallow fluff or lemon curds which are yet another beautiful combination.
It is no surprise how versatile lemon is as a flavoring agent especially when it comes to desserts recipe. Adding lemon zest to desserts not only gives it a delicate touch of flavor but also tenderizes the gluten in the flour making the baked goods taste softer. There are many lemon health benefits from consuming them apart from the taste factor such as calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Lemon health benefits also come from its antibacterial properties that help build a good immune system and fight against viral infections. Drinking a cup of warm lemon water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning aids a healthy digestive system and flushes out toxins from our body.
Thank you to Sue at The View From Great Island food blog for sharing this excellent Lemon Sugar Shortbread recipe with us. Sue’s love for shortbread inspired her to create many other recipes for shortbread you’ll find on her blog. Do visit her website for more quick recipes and fun desserts to make for all occasions. If you are a lover of fresh lemon flavor, then this recipe for shortbread is great for you. Make this dessert with the lemony goodness today!
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